This week was the lunch lady convention. It has a better name; however, lunch lady convention sounds better! This is a state conference that has any and everything to do with lunch ladies. There are classes and lectures, vendor areas and networking. It’s my favorite conference! I’m not a lunch lady, but I do deal with the huge equipment they cook on, so I actually learn a lot at this conference. The conference is held at a different major city each year, so we get to see different parts of the state and have different adventures each year.
I’ve been in Houston all week. Houston weather is hot (which I can handle) and very humid (which I cannot). It takes not time at all before you are leaving puddles behind you when you walk the block to the convention center. I ended up having to straighten my hair at the end of every day before the evening activities began. It was not fun, I’m not that high maintenance!! I had no choice, the humidity combined with my seemingly excessive sweat kept making the roots curl back up!
That was a problem, but that wasn’t the primary problem. I’m getting older. I’m not getting OLD, I’m just getting OLDER. Big Difference!
There was the dinner and bar Sunday night. Cause you know, we can’t stop after just dinner and drinks, we have to go search out the bar with a couple of guys with guitars, you know, that’s just how we roll. Never surrender!!
Up early Monday to set up the booth. Which I didn’t really have to do, but I still had to be there, so it counts! Monday night are when the major parties happen. Several of the food brokers and equipment reps all throw parties. We normally spend about 10 minutes on Monday afternoon plotting our route. What do we want to hit first? What do we want to hit last? What is the most effective and efficient way to attend all the parties? I’m not kidding, we map them out. And then you proceed to go from party to party to party. All of them have free food and most of them have free drinks. Needless to say, you have to pace yourself!
This year I was on my own. I had no one going with me. Even my boss stayed behind. This severely limited what I can do – cause I don’t know how to take a taxi by myself. It scares me, there are all of these weird numbers and beeps that happen in a taxi. It’s overwhelming. Plus, I am insanely shy. It takes every bit of willpower I can muster up to walk into a new place by myself. I mean, I really have to psych myself up in order to do it, I repeat to myself “Self you can do this. You can walk in there. You can do this. Take a deep breathe. You got this.”
You think I’m kidding. I’m not.
But I did it!!! I ended up only attending the parties that had a shuttle bus. The bus would pick me up and drop me off at my hotel. I can handle that! And, it worked out that the two parties I picked to attend were just across the street from each other! 🙂
Those were fun! Did I mention the free drinks?
Up not as early Tuesday, but still too early, and off to learn. Spent the day walking the show and learning from my various reps. It is good to see and catch up with people, plus, I really do love my job and I love being able to learn about the new products out there!
Tuesday night is the banquet, and after an appearance is made, then we take off again. It was the play-offs, so naturally we hit a bar to watch the game and nibble and drink. Then we walked over to a different bar to end the game and then we ended up back at the hotel bar to end the evening. Have I mentioned that we tend to drink? Can you tell yet that we also tend to miss out on sleep?
Up not as early on Wednesday to finish walking the floor and following up with people, and then it’s time to load back up and hit the road!
I had a friend and work peer, a guy that was with me most of the trip, post this on his Facebook earlier this week “I’m getting too old for this s#!+” Naturally, there were several Lethal Weapon quotes that followed in the comments; however, I knew right where he was coming from!